to bring as few germs into the house as possible, nurture the baby, feed the baby regularly, not take the baby to the mall... not take the baby to the movies, because i have some very young moms in my practice who want to get back to the mall as soon as possible. and so, you know, i try and limit the baby's exposure to pathogens that might make it sick. well, i certainly think that the perception on the part of many mothers is that thbaby's very delicate, very fragile. they hold them like a breakable object, you know, and don't dare really act natural with them. and in general, of course, the baby-- a newborn can't hold his head so the head has to be supported but other than that, they are really quite tough little creatures. you don't have to be afraid of touching all the time because the baby actually needs to be touched. what's important is that their parents are picking them up, touching them, loving them, giving them stimulation, reading to them, talking to them. this is really critical in the early formative years. without any stimulation, infants do very badly.